The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has said in a report that children did not know how to deal with common problems they found online.
The report, Growing Up Digital, said that children were being left to learn about the internet on their own, with parents vainly hoping that they will benefit from its opportunities while avoiding its pitfalls. Ms Longfield said, ‘The internet is an incredible force for good, but it is wholly irresponsible to let them roam in a world for which they are ill-prepared, which is subject to limited regulation and which is controlled by a small number of powerful organisations.’ She called for new laws to protect children’s online privacy and data. Her report recommended that:
- Children should study ‘digital citizenship’ to learn about their rights and responsibilities online, so they are prepared for online activities
- Social media companies should rewrite their ‘impenetrable’ terms and conditions in far simpler language so children know what they are agreeing to
- Ministers should create a ‘digital ombudsman’ to mediate for children seeking the removal of content
Ms Longfield said that it was critical that children were educated better so that they could enjoy the opportunities provided by the internet whilst minimising the well known risks.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (5th January 2017)
Libraries across the city of St Louis are gradually regaining control of their computer systems, following a malware attack a few days ago. Criminals broke into the systems of 17 libraries, disabled them and demanded a ransom, which meant that people were unable to borrow books or use computers.
All services are slowly being restored, said Waller McGuire, the executive director of St Louis libraries. “An attempt to hold information and access to the world for ransom is deeply frightening and offensive to any public library, and we will make every effort to keep that world available to our patrons,” he said. No ransom has been paid to the attackers, and they are working with the FBI to identify how criminals broke into the system.
According to Intel Security, ransomware attacks are rising in “alarming” numbers.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (24th January 2017)
There are many malware products causing major problems and destruction to businesses every day. Being aware of the variety of corruptive software could save your business from harm. Here are just a few examples of the problematic programs.
Remote Access Trojan malware is usually downloaded invisibly with a user-requested program, for example, a game or as an e-mail attachment. This malware program includes a back door for administrative control over the target computer.
Botnet is where computers have been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet.
Browsers based malware is a security attack where a Trojan horse is installed on the computer that is capable of modifying that user’s web transactions as they occur in real time.
Ransomware is a malware that restricts access to your computer or its information, while demanding you pay a ransom to access back.
POS malware is a particularly nasty piece of software designed to steal customer payment data – especially credit card data – from retail checkout.
If you are worried or concerned about protecting your business from such malware, or have been affected by any of the issues, please do give us a call on 024 7699 5930 and speak to the ADECS team who can advise you on how to stay safe from such software problems.
C&W in Business. Issue 57 (Jan/Feb 2017)
ADECS will be attending the FSB Expo at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on Tuesday 10th January. Come and find us – on stand 30 and have a chat about Technology support, web design, and print.
We will be offering special discount prices on the day on all our fabric stands – so come and take a look at the wide range of designs available to you.
We will have sweets for you to munch on, and a LEGO set for you to admire. Look forward to seeing you there!
A ship dragging its anchor on the seabed in the English Channel has cut the three main internet cables to the Channel Islands overnight.
Broadband speeds are expected to be slower as a result and telecom company JT said it could take up to a week to repair. Engineers have already been dispatched to repair the cables.
All communications traffic from JT, the main operator in Jersey, is going through a single link to France. JT says insurance will cover the cost of repairs and if they are able to track the ship then the owners insurance will pay for the work.
A spokesman for Jersey’s second largest telecom provider, Sure, says they are also having problems and there are likely to be issues with off island phone calls.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (29th November 16)
Deutsche Telekom has confirmed up to 900,000 customers have had their broadband service cut off following a possible hack of its hardware.
The number fell to 400,00 as security measures were implemented. Internet access, phone connections and TV reception for those with a certain router have been affected since Sunday.
Deutsche Telekom has issued a software update and is asking affected customers to disconnect their routers. In a statement, the company said that ‘based on the error pattern, we cannot exclude the possibility that the routers have been targeted by external parties with the result that they can no longer register on the network.’
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (29th November 16)